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Lorraine Hansberry

Playwright (19-May-1930 — 12-Jan-1965)


Anne Cheney. Lorraine Hansberry. Boston, MA: Twayne. 1984. 174pp.

Philip Uko Effiong. In Search of a Model for African-American Drama: A Study of Selected Plays by Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, and Ntozake Shange. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. 2000. 248pp.

Ben Keppel. The Work of Democracy: Ralph Bunche, Kenneth B. Clark, Lorraine Hansberry, and the Cultural Politics of Race. Harvard University Press. 1995. 320pp.

Richard M. Leeson. Lorraine Hansberry: A Research and Production Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. 1997. 192pp.

Patricia C. McKissack; Frederick L. McKissack. Young, Black, and Determined: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry. New York: Holiday House. 1998. 152pp.

Robert Nemiroff (editor). To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc.. 1969. 266pp.


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  8. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers (p.180)

  9. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.109)

  10. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.311)

  11. Who's Who in Lesbian & Gay Writing (p.95)

  12. World Authors 1950-1970 (pp.614-15)

  13. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.446)

  14. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.309)

  15. 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia (pp.150-52)

  16. International Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.214)

  17. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.2, p.356)

  18. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.289)

  19. Northeastern Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.246)

  20. Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States (p.372)

  21. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.7)

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